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Five new Canberra bars to get you in a summer mood

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Dust off those jumpsuits and heels, Canberra—the warmer months have arrived and the easing of restrictions means we are free to enjoy it.

And by enjoy it, I mean take a seat at a bar with a cocktail in hand.

You’ll be thrilled to know that, despite some very quiet and tough months for Canberra’s hospitality scene, there are more new bars opening soon than we can poke a maraschino cherry at—so many that we made them their own article.

Here’s where you’ll be ordering your Aperol Spritz this summer.

The Volstead Repeal (Braddon)


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I have to say, of all these lush looking bars, this has to be the most exciting based on the name alone.

If you’re wondering about the provenance, the name is a reference to the Volstead Act, a key piece of legislature in the Prohibition of alcohol in 1930s America so yes—this is a cheeky speakeasy-style bar. Or at least that’s what we surmise after Googling the name and scrolling the moody looking Instagram.

With the promise of cocktails, pizza and jazzy vibes in this ‘New York style’ bar—as well as 300 whiskies!—we’re excited to take a seat at Volstead when they open in Braddon in the coming weeks.


Alcove (Braddon)


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Another Braddonnite bar, Alcove’s social media doesn’t give much away. From their slim online presence, we can see cocktails, green velvet and a location on Lonsdale Street—which just so happen to be three of our favourite things.

One to keep in mind for breezy summer evenings—and stay tuned for all the goss when they set an opening date.


Armada Bar (Barton)


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A favourite from last summer, The Boat House’s epic outdoor Armada Bar reopens today, Friday 29 October, at 4 pm. Did someone say knock-off drinks with a view…?

Combining The Boat House’s fine dining talents with a laidback open-air lakeside setting (think: oysters and champagne), Armada Bar will be this summer’s ultimate destination for sunset sessions.

Summer 2021 sees expanded hours of 4 pm onwards on Friday and 11.30 am on Saturday and Sunday as well as a new food menu. See you there?

5th Avenue (City)


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Taking out a prime spot on Northbourne Avenue in the former home of Treehouse Bar, 5th Avenue is all sleek black tiles and chunky martini glasses. It’s giving us very old school Sex and the City vibes, and we love it.

With a focus on drinks from the heyday of the 90s cocktail bar scene, we love 5th Avenue’s charmingly down to earth origin story: “A couple friends who were sick of the lack of variety and long wait lines of Canberra’s nightlife got together one day and (maybe after a few too many) decided to open a bar.” We’ll drink to that.


Mint Garden Bar (Braddon)


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Another favourite returning for the warmer months is Sage Dining Room’s outdoor sibling, Mint Garden Bar.

A legend of the 2000s after-work drinks scene, Mint is beautifully positioned in the leafy, fairy-light filled courtyard outside Sage, nestled within the historic Gorman Arts Centre.

The result? A sweet little beer garden with an elevated drinks menu that’s perfect for happy hour.

The Quarterdeck (Narooma)

Okay, no. Narooma is not in Canberra. However, with much of the south coast now open to Canberrans, we know there are a few of you who will find yourselves in sunny Narooma soon, and when you do, The Quarterdeck will be waiting.

This fun South of the Border-themed restaurant and bar (situated on the inlet-side of Narooma) has been open for some time, however, it was recently purchased by Sydney goliaths of nightlife and dining Merivale, giving the over-water venue a new lease on life.


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